JEFFERSON, THOMAS. 1743-1826.
JEFFERSON INVITES JEROME BONAPARTE AND HIS AMERICAN WIFE TO DINNER.
Autograph Letter Signed integrally (Th: Jefferson) as President, 1 p, 8vo, n.p., January 5, 1804, to M. Pichon, inviting him to dinner, with integral autograph address leaf, page creased horizontally and mildly toned, tear to upper right corner from original seal (repaired), wax seal present.
Thomas Jefferson issues this personal invitation to dinner at the White House for L.A. Pichon, the French charge daffaires at Washington. The dinner is to be in honor of Napoleons youngest brother, Jerome, who, just weeks before, had married the renowned Baltimore beauty Elizabeth Patterson. In part: Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to M. Pichon, who will receive herewith a note asking the favor of Made. Pichon & himself to dine with him on Monday next. Th J. has written an invitation to the same effect to M. & Made Bonaparte, & their friends who are with them. He has used this phrase, as while it includes the Baron de Mauportius & M. Sotin, it might also include Mr. Patterson & Miss Spear who he understands are with Made. Bonaparte
. Bonaparte and Patterson were two of the most notorious star-crossed lovers of the first part of the 19th century. They met at the Baltimore races, fell madly in love, and despite opposition from Pattersons father, were married. Napoleon, however, disapproved violently, refusing to let Patterson land in Europe and annulling the marriage. The last time the two ever saw each other was when Jerome left his bride on board ship to confront his brother. Not long after Jerome married a German princess. Patterson never remarried.